The death has investigators reopening an investigation into the 2008 death of Berry's son, which had been ruled as sudden infant death syndrome, the Times said.
A job history shows that Berry had spent much of her career helping others including those with mental illness and troubled children, the New York Times added.
Friends of Berry describe her as sweet and shy and very soft-spoken. Many could not believe she was accused of such a crime, said the New York Times.
Her last known job, which she left in 2013, was as a case manager for the Puerto Rican Family Institute, the paper reporter.
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